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  1. 1 pattimom
    July 28, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Fantastic! You are really moving along on this. What an awesome project. I think we’ll want you to build us one too! Thanks for sending me the link.

  2. 2 Nathan
    February 19, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Looking good. I like the additions of the Dutch Oven cooking.

  3. 3 John Clay
    May 15, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Looks great. Some questions: What was final weight? What was final tongue weight (easy to move around by hand)?
    We have looked at pretty much everything and have decided to build this. It seems the right combo of comfort, convenience, quickness and ease of getting going and won’t require a tow vehicle change.
    Anythings of note you’d change?
    I’m considering 5×10 plywood but need to evaluate 4×8 for potential cost savings vs hassle of scarfing.
    John Clay

  4. May 17, 2009 at 9:14 am


    Thank-you for checking out my trailer build. I am really having a lot of fun with it. I am excited that you’re looking to do the same.

    Here are my answers to your questions:

    What was final weight? I haven’t finished building but my estimates are that I only need to add about 100 lb of material/galley equipment. I think it will be about 1000lbs. There are a few ways I could have made it lighter. Using only a 3/4″ plywood for the walls (but being in the NW I wanted instillation) or making a thinner framework with 1/8″ luan on either side. I have a friend who followed my advice & is making his walls an 1/8″ luan skin on a thinner framework. His problem is keeping the wall even. So pick your style. They will all have some problems to solve.

    What was final tongue weight (easy to move around by hand)? My calculated tongue weight is projected to be about 115lbs. I move this trailer around by hand all the time. It is easy to move.

    Anythings of note you’d change?

    * I plan to make a horizontal plate behind the fenders to hold a propane bottle & I’ll move my tail lights up above that to protect them more.
    * I’d also like to plan, ahead of time, to sink my camp chef oven into the bulkhead in the galley instead of having to go back and re-do that part of the build.
    * I am very happy with the way I chose to attach my walls to the floor. I’d probably seal the bottom of the floor with roofing tar next time. I already had undercoat & paint but it was time consuming & probably overkill.
    * The next time I do this, I’ll plan my outside roof skin so that there isn’t a seam over the sharpest part of the curve at the front of the trailer. I fought that for a long time & if the light is just right, I can still see it (grrr). I thought I’d save time by not having to make as many cuts but that was a bad decision. Just cut your roof luan so that your seams land on straight edges where they can easily lay flat. It may seem like a waste of time but the final product will be much more satisfactory.
    * Other than that, I am very pleased with my design.

    I’m considering 5×10 plywood but need to evaluate 4×8 for potential cost savings vs hassle of scarfing.

    I’d scarf the floor. It’ll save you money & won’t be seen. If you want more of the natural wood finish for the sides, I’d go with a 5×10 ply. If not, it only takes an extra 2 hours to scarf – dry for the walls. In my city, that was much easier than forking out for the larger plywood.

    Happy Building,


  5. 5 Nathan Henson
    July 24, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Can’t wait to hear the results of the maiden voyage. It will also be good to get back over there and help you finish outfitting it.


  6. 6 Jim Comer
    September 7, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Very interesting build. I have enjoyed your pictures and the well written notes. I have a question. You plan on taking the teardrop off the trailer. How will you lift it and how is it mounted to the trailer. I think this is an excellent use of the trailer as a multi-use unit. Good luck as you continue to refine the the teardrop, and on the many enjoyable times you will have in it.


  7. September 11, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    I’m glad you like the build & that the notes are helpful.

    I have built the jpodbuild for removal from the chassis. Just this week a friend asked me the same question regarding the process. I have built into the frame some thicker areas that I can attach some jacks to. It would be removed sort of like a camper from a truck. As of now, I have no need to remove it. I am also tempted to just build another chassis and use that. We’ll see.

  8. 8 Gary Jenkins
    September 16, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Thanks for posting your build!

    Have you actually removed the teardrop and used the trailer for other purposes?

  9. September 17, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Gary, Thanks for checking out this little build. I’m glad others can enjoy the process.

    I have removed the trailer once to haul some firewood. The build wasn’t done yet so it wasn’t at its full weight. The biggest inconvenience is getting everything lined back up for the bolts. I like the flexible idea but I’m not too sure how practical it is for me (jury is still out on it). I do have the means to do it though if I should choose and that’s nice to know.

  10. 10 Nathan Henson
    October 9, 2009 at 8:15 pm


    I kept thinking about the poll every time I visited the website and have now come up with a plan, so I voted.

    I like the mountain/tree graphic idea, but it could be done with the metallic charcoal looking vinyl that is reflective.


  11. 11 Dr. Don Cutler
    November 10, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    I have been looking at y our jpod build and have decided to move forward and undertake the task. One quesiton–maybe more later–did you attach wood to the metal frame? If so, do you have any pics and/or illustrations showing such?

  12. November 11, 2009 at 11:08 pm


    Congrats on your decision to build. I did attach my wooden frame to the metal chassis. If you look under Body:External you can see my photos. I used 12 bolts through the floor & the frame. It works great.



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